Carbon off-setting scheme supported by Sir Elton John will have no 'meaningful' effect on climate

Mail Online | 8/19/2019 | Joel Adams For Mailonline
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Greenpeace's chief scientist has said it is 'not okay' to claim, as Elton John did on Harry and Meghan's behalf today, that private jet travel is 'carbon neutral' as a result of a donation to a carbon offset scheme.

Doug Parr told MailOnline: 'There's no way any current tech deals with the load of CO2 you've released on a personal level'.

Instagram - Message - Today - Sir - Elton

In an Instagram message today Sir Elton John responded to criticism of Harry and Meghan's recent private jet vacations by insisting he had made a donation to offset the carbon cost of the trips.

The royal couple's return flights in private jets from England to Ibiza, and then from England to Nice, generated an estimated seven tonnes of CO2.

Sir - Elton - Support - Prince - Harry

Sir Elton wrote: 'To support Prince Harry's commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.'

Carbon Footprint is a UK registered company run by John and Wendy Buckley, which provides advice to individuals and businesses on how to reduce their carbon footprint, and channels funding to schemes designed to offset carbon emissions.

Projects - Planting - Trees - Reduction - Deforestation

These projects include the planting of trees or the reduction of Brazilian deforestation.

According to Carbon Positive Life a single tree can absorb as much as 48 lbs (21.77 kgs) of CO2 per year, meaning it would take 321 years to absorb seven tonnes.

Carbon - Offset - Firms - Schemes - Carbon

However in common with many carbon offset firms, many of the schemes run by Carbon Footprint focus on other ways to put in place systems, especially in developing countries, which stop carbon dioxide - which would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere - from being released.

One scheme is focused on identifying and repairing broken boreholes in Uganda - so local communities get access to safe drinking water and, as a result, do not have to cut trees and...
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